(Left to right) Fire Truck Captain Jeane Barrett, paramedic Sally Ortega, engine probationary firefighter Cole Gomoll, Battalion Chief Dean Douty, and Engine Capt. Joe Peña were among the first responders at the scene of Tiger Woods’ crash wreck in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
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He’s one of the greatest golfers of all time — but to the firefighters who saved his life, he was just another victim who needed their help.
Firefighters who rescued Tiger Woods from his mangled SUV following Tuesday’s single-car crash in California recalled an ax was used to get him out safely — and one noted he was “just another patient.”
Cole Gomoll, a firefighter with Fire Station 106 in Rolling Hills Estates, says he used a 6-pound ax to chop up Woods’ 2021 Genesis SUV, where he saw the famous athlete trapped inside and tangled up in his seatbelt.
Woods was immediately rushed to Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent surgery for his leg fractures.
The rescue took 12 minutes, and it was initially reported as a traffic collision with a person trapped inside a vehicle.
Firefighters say anyone in Woods’ position would have received the same treatment.
“He’s just another patient,” Gomoll told the Associated Press on Friday.
“His identity really didn’t matter in what we do,” Capt. Jeane Barrett added.
Capt. Joe Peña said he didn’t know who was in the car until a sheriff’s deputy told him.
On Thursday, Woods was transferred from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for “continuing orthopedic care and recovery,” according to hospital officials.
A post on his Twitter account Friday night said he “received follow-up procedures on his injuries this morning. The procedures were successful, and he is now recovering and in good spirits.”
With Post wires